Belgian soldiers at the London French hospital in 1914

 

FRENCH HOSPITAL IN LONDON

In November 1914, the duchess of Vendome went to visit Belgian soldiers at the French hospital (in London). She was received by Mr Arthur ***, President of the hospital Committee. She spent time with the wounded and asked them about their experiences on the battle grounds. The soldiers were also visited by the prince Leopold of Belgium, princess Clementine, prince Victor-Napoleon, the duchess of Choiseul-Praslin and of the princess of Monaco. The French hospital received generous amounts of money, cigarettes, fruit and clothes. Some of the donators were: the prince Leopold of Belgium, the princess of Monaco and Mrs Hungerford of Mackay.

 

French hospital opened in 1867 on Shaftesbury Avenue. Even today, the words ‘Dispensaire francais’ are still on the facade. Photo taken in July 2013 by Charlotte Faucher.

HOPITAL ET DISPENSAIRE   FRANÇAIS

La Duchesse de Vendôme a rendu visite à l’Hôpital Français (à Londres) aux soldats Belges blessés en Novembre 1914. Elle fut reçue par M. Arthur *** Président du Comité de l’Hôpital. Elle s’entretint avec les blessés, intriguée sur leur santé et les interrogeant sur leurs blessures reçues sur le champ de bataille. Les soldats ont aussi eu la visite du prince Léopold de Belgique, de la princesse Clémentine, du prince Victor-Napoléon, de la duchesse de Choiseul- Praslin et de la princesse de Monaco. L’Hôpital Français reçut de l’argent, des cigarettes, des fruits et des habits. Parmi les donateurs, on comptait le prince Léopold de Belgique, la princesse de Monaco et Mme Hungerford de Mackay.

 

Bilingual blog posts written by Camille Orr, pupil at the London French lycée Charles de Gaulle.

Source: La Chronique de Londres, 7 November 1914.

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